FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Maryland General Hospital Achieves Perfect Score for Core Measures in May & June
(Baltimore, MD - July 18, 2011) Maryland General Hospital achieved 100% compliance of core measures for the months of May and June, the first hospital in the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) to achieve this distinction. The hospital also has achieved the distinction as having the most improved core measure performance for a hospital in UMMS for Fiscal Year 2011.
Core measures are specific clinical interventions put in place to ensure patient safety and recovery in the areas of pneumonia, heart failure, acute myocardial infarction as well as specific surgical care interventions. Specific interventions undertaken at MGH included:
- Performance improvement coordinators provided support to clinical managers to ensure all elements of the core measures were addressed for patients for whom the measures apply while they were in the hospital
- Charts were reviewed for all patients 65+ years old who could have one of the diagnoses that are a part of the core measures
- Surgeons scheduled to perform surgery on the weekends were contacted to encourage them to implement the core measures
- Administrative support and physician follow through
"These are remarkable accomplishment on behalf of our nurses, physicians, case managers, quality management staff and hospital leadership who support our improvement efforts," said Sylvia Smith Johnson, MGH President and CEO. "The improvement in our performance represents the focus we place on patient safety."
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About Maryland General Hospital
Founded in 1881, Maryland General Hospital is a 213-bed urban community teaching hospital and part of the University of Maryland Medical System. Located in the heart of downtown Baltimore, the hospital provides healthcare in more than 30 specialties to approximately 110,000 patients annually through inpatient and outpatient care and free health screenings throughout the community.